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President's Holiday Note

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Nothing makes me smile more than seeing the happiness cycling brings to young riders!

As we conclude another exciting year for NICA, I am thrilled to see all of the positive contributions that so many people have made towards our mission. Not only have our leagues been wonderfully successful, we have seen great strides in progress through the stories from our participating families and unique initiatives like #moregirlsonbikes and Teen Trail Corps. As always, creating lifelong bonds for families, communities, and friends around the love of cycling is our passion. I am happy to say that in 2017 we have had incredible success, with your help, in empowering our student-athletes to develop strong body, mind, and character with our programming. I am so proud of the growth that our leagues have seen, none of which would be possible without all the volunteer work that goes on behind the scenes by so many parents, volunteers and amazingly dedicated coaches. There is no way that we could do this without your support and involvement.

We are looking for ways to help you become more involved in getting #morekidsonbikes; and with our Share the Ride campaign, there has never been a better time to jump in the saddle and make a lasting impact. This is a great way for you to help us increase the awareness and availability of interscholastic cycling so that more American youth are able to reap the benefits of our programs.

In addition to our Share the Ride campaign, we’ve brought back the Annual Holiday Gift Guide so that you can support all of the amazing brands helping make our goals attainable. In this charitable holiday season, there is nothing better than gifts that your loved ones will enjoy and knowing that your purchase is helping a great cause.

I’m so happy to have experienced another beautiful year with all of you on this incredible ride. I want to wish you and your families a happy holiday season from our entire team, and look forward to another great year in 2018!

Sincerely, Austin McInerny

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Will You Help Us Change Lives Through Cycling?

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We’ve set out to change lives through cycling, and want you to be a part of the ride! Over the past 8 years, we have grown to 22 regions in the country, and we have been able to positively impact over 27,000 student-athletes with the help of over 10,000 adult coaches. If you want to help us create a strong body, strong mind, and strong character for even more student-athletes, then help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 by December 31.

There are several ways that NICA is looking to make mountain biking an opportunity for teens all over the US. When you make a tax-deductible donation, you will be helping to support programs like:

▪ Scholarships for loaner bikes and participation fee programs;
▪ Student-Athlete programs such as Girls Riding Together (GRiT), Teen Trail Corp (TTC) and the NICA Adventure Program; and
▪ Grants provided to new leagues to aid them during the critical first few years of existence.
Scholarships for loaner bikes and participation fee programs;
Student-Athlete programs such as Girls Riding Together (GRiT), Teen Trail Corp (TTC) and the NICA Adventure Program; and
Grants provided to new leagues to aid them during the critical first few years of existence.

If you want to know the real value that your donations bring to the world, look no further than Jesús, from our NorCal League. Since he was able to start mountain biking, through the availability of a loaner bike, he finished every race he started in his first season. This was one of his biggest goals coming into the year. If not for your generous support, we would not be able to get incredible young people like Jesús involved in such an exciting community.

Along with the lasting impact you will make on young people, if you join our campaign as a Sustainer, at the local or national level, you will be entered into a raffle for a trip for two with Western Spirit Cycling Adventures. This incredible prize will go to one lucky winner from our list of Sustainer supporters who join this month. Do not miss out on this great opportunity and become a Sustainer by signing up with Share the Ride today. Click here to learn more and to donate.

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Our Official Holiday Gift Guide Has Just Been Released!

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As the holiday season arrives, it’s always helpful to get ideas when searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones. The 2017 NICA Holiday Gift Guide provides you with not only some of the most fantastic gear from incredible NICA sponsors that are sure to excite the cyclist in your life, but the opportunity to help NICA continue to get #morekidsonbikes.

Whether you want to donate to Share the Ride in someone’s name and make them eligible for our raffle, or are looking to get something great from the NICA merchandise store, or want to share the love of biking through the B is for Bicycle: Children’s Alphabet Book, all of your gift purchases will be from organizations that are supporting NICA.

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Survey Responses From Fall League Participants Desired - Win Cool Schwag!

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Photo credit: Arkansas League

Thank you for your participation in the Fall 2017 interscholastic mountain bike season!

At the end of each season, NICA asks all participating student-athletes, parents, volunteers, and coaches to answer a short, yet important survey. Your input allows us to evaluate the quality of our programs, learn more about your needs, and help identify ways to improve our overall services and activities. We appreciate your time and value your honest feedback.

Fall League Participants: PLEASE complete by December 22, 2017

The first 100 respondents have a chance to win a super cool SRAM Prize Pack! Not one of the first hundred? That's OK... all participants will be eligible to win items from Clif, GU, Maxxis, DeFeet, and more!

I have 5 minutes and am ready to take the survey

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Last Chance to Nominate a Deserving Individual for a NICA Award

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Photo credit: Karl Nielson

Which outstanding student-athletes, coaches, and volunteers from your league should be recognized for their efforts in 2017? Don’t miss out, the deadline for nominations is quickly approaching! Review the award categories here.

To submit a nomination, please complete this form. Nominations are due December 22, 2017 and award winners will be announced in early 2018.

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